What you need for this dog cake: 4 boxes of white cake mix made with eggs, not egg whites and a little less water (the dog).
1 box Chocolate Fudge cake mix made with 4 eggs whites and less water than called for (the base).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Butter Cream Frosting Chocolate Animal Crackers (the dirt part) Black Writing Gel (for the eyes and nose) Marshmallow rope (for collar)
A Loaf Pan A Round Cake Pan A Sheet cake Pan A Cupcake Pan A "Ball" Pan
I used the loaf pan for the body, the ball pan for the head and the little round name sign, made the paws- legs- tail-ears out of the round pan, the snout and cupcake was made from the cupcake pan and finally- the base of the cake was a sheet cake.
After I baked all the cakes, I put them in the freezer so they would be easier to carve. I trimmed the roundness off the ball halves and saved the best cut for the "Gio" sign. Then I carved off a little of the sides of the dog body to make the shoulders and butt rounder and took in the sides a bit. I measured (by finger method) the side of loaf cake and cut the hind legs, front legs, ears and tail free hand (using the round cake).
After cutting out the pieces, I dirty iced the base and added the loaf piece. Then attached the body parts (including the trimmed cupcake for the snout) with toothpicks and wooden chopsticks.
I did NOT dirty ice the dog. I just used a star tip and decorated the dog to look like my friends dog- that's why the colors are varied. I made a separate cupcake for color and to stick the candles in. The name on the sign is just painted on regular liquid food coloring.
I guess my cake looked just like my friend's dog cuz the minute I surprised him with it, he said-"OMG, That's Aioko!" SUCCESS!